Facial Analysis Software Reveals The Identity Of This Handsome Woman

Do you know this woman? She is the subject of a photo by well known British photographer John Deakin and has, up until recently, been known simply as "Unknown Woman, 1930s".

A gallery of John's photos was recently shared by The Guardian, and this oddly compelling pic, the final photo in the gallery, was the subject of debate among commenters.

One commenter casually threw out the statement "Or is it Bacon in drag?", referring to Deakin's fellow Colony Room member and friend Francis Bacon, which sent Deakin Collection manager Paul Rousseau's mind racing.

Rousseau used facial recognition software to establish a connection between this mysterious "woman" and Francis Bacon, and the video renders create a compelling argument that the "Unknown Woman" is actually Bacon in drag, shot well after the speculative 1930s date.

There are still many mysteries surrounding Deakin's photo, for instance how Bacon managed to give himself cleavage, and why he looks so much older here than in other photos taken around the same time, but the ultimate question remains- is this a previously unknown, and totally bizarre, portrait of Francis Bacon?

-Via Dangerous Minds


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